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Baltimore Co. police shoot man with knife in Randallstown

Baltimore County police shot and killed a man who they said threatened officers with a knife and refused to drop it even after being tasered outside a Randallstown convenience early Saturday morning.

Police identified the man Saturday afternoon as Edward Donnell Bright Sr., 56, of the 9900 block of Southall Rd. Attempts to reach Bright's family Saturday were unsuccessful.

Officers were called just after 2 a.m. to the 7-Eleven in the 9800 block of Liberty Rd., for a report of a man with a knife, police said. The two officers saw Bright holding the knife outside the store and ordered him to drop it, police said.

He refused to do so, and instead approached the officers with the knife, leading one of the officers to use a taser on him, police said. When he continued to come at them, both officers shot him, police said.

Bright was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, police said.

Neither officer was injured, and both have been placed on administrative leave, pending a...

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Man, 18, dead in Northwest Baltimore shooting

A man shot in the head in Baltimore — one of two shot in the city Friday night — has died, police said Saturday.

The 18-year-old man, who has not been identified, was shot at about 6:45 p.m. in the 3000 block of Liberty Heights Avenue in Northwest Baltimore and taken to a hospital, where he later died, Baltimore Police said.

Shortly after 10 p.m., officers responded to another shooting, at the intersection of Bentalou and Fayette streets in the Penrose/Fayette Street Outreach neighborhood, where they found an adult male with several gunshot wounds to his body.

Due to the severity of the victim's injuries, homicide detectives were called to the scene. He was still being treated Saturday, but police did not release his condition.

Homicide detectives are investigating both shootings, and anyone with information is asked to call 410-396-2100.

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Taser cameras delayed for Baltimore County police

Plans to put cameras on Baltimore County police Tasers have been delayed as officials study legal issues surrounding the devices.

In December, Police Chief Jim Johnson said a pilot program using battery-operated cameras on Tasers would start within 30 days. But since then, questions about the legality of recording audio of people's interactions with police have led the department to delay the launch, police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said.

Maryland is a "two-party consent state," in which both parties need to agree before audio communication can be recorded, Armacost said. Officials are seeking clarification on how that would affect officers' ability to use the Taser cameras, which record both video and audio.

At a meeting in Annapolis last week, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz told state lawmakers from the county that he would seek a bill to authorize police to record audio when using Taser cameras.

Armacost said the county had already ordered the cameras, but canceled delivery...

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Baltimore police charge attempted murder suspect

Baltimore police charged a 33-year-old man in a South Baltimore shooting.

Police say Lopaka Redding shot a 40-year old man in the 1100 block of Bayard St. on Jan. 14.

According to a statement of charges, At about 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 14, the victim flagged down a police officer in the 1300 block of Washington Blvd. after he had been shot several times. The officer called for backup, and the victim told police that a man named "Flow" shot him.

Police found the crime scene and picked up seven .45 caliber shell casings, the police report said. With the help of witnesses, police said they were able to determine that Redding was "Flow."

The Baltimore area Warrant Apprehension Task Force, which tracks fugitives, found and arrested him on Tuesday. Redding faces attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment and weapons charges.

The victim sustained six gunshot wounds to his back, left arm and left hand and was last listed in stable condition, according to the police report.

Redding remains at...

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Four shootings, three dead in Baltimore

As homicide detectives sorted through a Southwest Baltimore crime scene Thursday that included two smashed vehicles, shell casings, a man shot in the hand and another man shot dead, a second group of police investigators responded to East Baltimore.

At that scene, eight miles away, they found a man who had been fatally shot in the Broadway East neighborhood. Later Thursday night, officers found a man shot to death in a Brooklyn home on the south side of the city.

A total of five people were shot — three of them fatally — in four separate shootings in Baltimore on Thursday, bringing the number of homicides this year to 21 and the number of shootings involving at least two victims to six.

Baltimore police said none of the shootings Thursday appear related, though investigators were on the lookout for signs of retaliatory violence so extra patrol officers could be deployed if needed.

Commanders in each police district were studying the incidents and doing "everything in our power...

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Bail reduced for Ohio rabbi accused of sexual abuse in Balto. Co.

A District Court judge on Thursday reduced the bail for an Ohio rabbi accused of sexually abusing a Baltimore County girl after the rabbi's lawyer argued that he is not a flight risk.

Judge Leo Ryan Jr. set bail for Frederick Martin Karp, 50, at $500,000 — down from $5 million — and ordered him to relinquish his passport. Karp, the spiritual-living director at a Cleveland-area senior center, was arrested Jan. 15 at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York; he was on his way to Israel — a trip his lawyer said had been planned for months. Karp was extradited to Maryland on Wednesday.

Karp is accused of sexually abusing the girl, now 12, since she was 7 years old. Police say the rabbi was a friend of the girl's family and would visit them occasionally.

Karp appeared at the bail review hearing via video from the Baltimore County Detention Center. He wore an orange jumpsuit and long beard, keeping his head bowed for most of the proceedings.

Prosecutor Lisa Dever asked that Karp be...

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